We monitor the state of Canada’s forests to provide quality information on development activity and environmental impacts.
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(2009-07-08) GFWC prepared this report under the direction of five environmental organizations, in support of the Government of Alberta's direction in the Terms of Reference for the Regional Advisory Council of the Lower Athabasca Plan in Alberta. The report records the methods used to identify sites of high conservation priority and presents a map of conservation priority areas in the Lower Athabasca land-use planning region.
(2009-06-25) A report of Nova Scotia's forest landscapes that reveals the dramatic pace and scale of recent human-caused changes due to industrial activities in recent decades. GFWC examined old and new satellite images for almost the entire area of Nova Scotia and combined what we saw with existing information in order to map the industrial-caused changes, primarily logging, that have occurred throughout much of the province, from approximately 1990-2007. The resulting maps and analyses paint a stark picture of industry's impacts.
(2009-04-02) This 2-part atlas was published in the hope that it will assist Albertans in their efforts to sustainably manage their important forest legacy; its production was triggered by the Alberta Government's release of Alberta's Land-use Framework in December 2008. The atlas reveals a dramatic reduction in large blocks of Alberta's natural boreal forest landscapes due to the expansion of industrial activities in recent decades. Part I of the atlas provides context and maps of Alberta's intact forest landscapes; Part II focuses on the threats to these forests.
(2008-07-02) The Ontario Greenbelt presents both opportunities and challenges for managing growth and retaining natural areas and key agricultural production lands. This report contributed to a larger project (by the David Suzuki Foundation and the Greenbelt foundation) around analyzing key ecosystem values in Ontario's Greenbelt.
(2008-06-02) A results summary for a survey of human disturbances in BC's Inland Temperate Rainforest. The study was undertaken using satellite imagery for the approximate period of 1989 to 2001. This is an interim report as we had planned to perform additional verification of the results.
(2007-03-27) This stage of GFWC's "Where's the Best of What's Left?" project involved identifying all disturbances to Ontario's Boreal that were caused by industry in the 1990s and early 2000s. The potential impacts of these disturbances on woodland caribou habitat were also considered in this analysis.
(2007-02-16) The summary results of an up-to-date survey of human disturbances in the Pascagama region of the Boreal region in Québec, which reveals many recent impacts caused by logging and associated roads. The study was undertaken using satellite imagery over the period of 1990 to 2006. Published in English and French!
(2006-05-05) This report and accompanying materials share the interim results of the second stage of our initial change analysis project. Satellite images from different dates (~1990 and ~2000) for the Boreal Plains Ecozone in Saskatchewan and Manitoba were compared using a differencing algorithm so that we could assess where recent forest disturbances have occurred.
(2006-03-22) A report, maps, and photos regarding the most comprehensive survey to date of Canada's remaining wild forest fragments. Canada's Forest Landscape Fragments: A First Approximation reveals that Canada's southern biodiversity-rich boreal and temperate forests—those forest areas primarily under concessions to forest and oil and gas companies—have been largely fragmented by industrial development.
(2006-02-09) This report, GIS data, maps, etc. share the results of the first stage of our change analysis project. Satellite images from different dates (~1990 and ~2000) for a selected study area in Québec were compared using a differencing algorithm so that we could assess where recent forest disturbances have occurred. The report includes three maps translated into Cree and is available in both English and French!